Besiktas “legend” Burak Yilmaz moves to Ligue 1 on a free transfer


The Turkish international Burak Yilmaz changes from Besiktas Istanbul to the French first division club OSC Lille. The 35-year-old still had a contract with the Istanbulers until 2021, but the French still don’t have to pay a transfer fee.

“There was an offer for me, so we sat down with those responsible. We made a decision together and canceled my contract. I had a contract that the club couldn’t afford,” said Yilmaz last.

Lille boss is happy about Burak Yilmaz: “A real legend in Turkey”

In the dogues, the attacker is said to be the 21-year-old Nigerian Replace Victor Osimehn, who moves to SSC Napoli for a reported 70 million. “Burak Yilmaz has the profile of a real number nine, which is very present in the field and is particularly skilled in front of the goal,” said Lille managing director Marc Ingla on the club’s website.

He said: “He is a very experienced player, a real legend in Turkey, where he is the captain of the national team and has developed four big clubs in the jersey. Burak is a character player, a true warrior, who is now his talent in the French championship. “

After two championships and four cup wins in Turkey: Burak Yilmaz moves abroad for the second time at 35

Yilmaz was trained at Antalyaspor, where he made his professional debut in 2004. Since then, two Turkish championships and five cup wins with Galatasaray, Trabzonspor and Besiktas have followed. Lille is only the second international station of the 59-time international.

Between 2016 and 2017, Yilmaz ran a total of 32 times for the Chinese first division club Beijing Guoan before returning to Trabzon. For Besiktas, the striker scored 13 goals and seven assists in 25 appearances last season.


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